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Salkantay: Another Trek to Machu Picchu

27 January 2014

All february month, one of the most exciting route of whole Perú, Inca Trail, will be closed for maintenance. And for the strong season of rains, Machu Picchu, the access by train will be closed. But, we present you another route to Machu Picchu that included one of the Apus protectors of Cusco city, Salkantay. Also, this route connect with the Classic Inca Trail.

The Salkantay mountain of 6271 meters, the name of this route. Salkantay means "Wild Montana" in runasimi and undoubtedly the route lives up to this name to be longer than the Classic Inca Trail and reach higher altitudes, a challenge for trekking lovers.
Additionally, this mountain has the status of "Apu" in Runasimi language comes to mean "lord". It defines a large mean something sacred mountains above the valleys.

The starting point of the Camino Salkantay is near the village of Mollepata, located at an altitude of 2,900 meters. The route usually lasts five days. A route plan could be:
Day 1: Crossing Cruzpata Andean communities, and Soraypampa Challacancha, the itinerary of the first day I can enjoy the magnificent views of the "Apu Salkantay" and the green valley of the Rio Apurimac. Soraypampa usually the point where the camp is located at the end of the day.

Day 2: The day begins with a three-hour ascent to the pass Apacheta 4,590 meters. From the pass, hikers can see Salkantay, Huayanay Humantay and mountains. Then, after about five hours of descent, hikers reach Rayan-Chaullay Niyoc or camping at night.

Day 3: The route heads towards Uscamayuc, where hikers reach the niche cloud forest called "Ceja de la Selva". This high forest noted for the richness of species, such as orchids, or animals like the spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus) that can be spotted by hikers. The day ends at the Beach camp (2350 meters).
Day 4: Start with a walk to the village subsequently Lucmabamba to go to Llactapata Inca archaeological site, at an altitude of 2,740 meters. In Llactapata, hikers get first look sacrada the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
Recent studies Llactapata could have been a sacred center like Machu Picchu, with a distinctive combination of geographical and astronomical features.
The best proof of its significance is the presence of a solar temple which is similar in size and dimension to the solar temple Koricancha (Cusco). Llactapata was discovered and studied by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and referred to him as "the ruins of an Inca castle." However, the discovery was overshadowed by that of Machu Picchu. The last leg of the journey, from Llactapata, targets the Aguas Calientes or even if the train, Machu Picchu, is taken where travelers would spend the night.
Day 5: The last day spent in Machu Picchu, the main attraction of the Inca citadel and the possibility of visiting the mountain Huayna Picchu.
To explore both the Inca Trail Salkantay Route as is required on booking with authorized tour operators who meet certain basic requirements such as having professional guides, camping equipment in good condition, radio equipment and first aid (including oxygen).

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